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Anyone Give Vitamin D to Their Dog?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 01, 2011 at 6:50 PM

I was thinking about 500-1000IU a day for an 85lb dog to play it safe. I'm finding conflicting information about whether or not they have a mechanism for endogenous production.

The grain-free dog food is fortified, but then again so is Trix cereal.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on September 29, 2011
at 08:21 PM

They're called Bright Oak Meats, in Springfield (on 7th, I believe...). And for eating out, they're not necessarily "Paleo" (I know they use vegetable oils, for example), but verrry carnivore friendly: Belly on 5th in Eugene, and Papa's Soul Food on Blair, also in Eugene. Great eats!

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on September 29, 2011
at 07:45 PM

You'll have to tell me which butcher you use. Heck, any paleo/primal info re: Eugene would be awesome!

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on September 28, 2011
at 01:32 PM

WK, I buy it at a local butcher's, where they grind up whole chickens (*sans* feathers and feet), and bag it up for a dollar a pound. And for the same price, they sell ground lamb/beef organ, too. I like it for convenience, and also because no matter what the BARF diet folks say, I can't give my dog chicken bones whole. Those things are like knitting needles; this way he gets the bones ground up in the meat already. (Plus big beef knuckles once or twice a week.)

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on September 28, 2011
at 12:31 PM

Rose, you'll soon have some competition then, because I'm heading out that way soon with my pup. ;) Do you make your own raw food, or do you but it?

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on July 01, 2011
at 08:58 PM

Isn't it weird how you can now spot a raw fed dog in the crowd?

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on July 01, 2011
at 07:16 PM

They feed Vitamin D in supplement form to rats when they test it so I would think those results translate to other mammals.

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11ccee58238ea467f881069a5b1de55f

on January 23, 2013
at 08:13 PM

Why do you feed your dog natural foods/raw/give it supps and then load it wth toxic shots/-required or not? What do you mean by "required" shots? (Eugener )and you from the adoption why a 7-1 load of poison on to??? please avoid any and all vaccines for your pets and if you feel you "must". please --one at a time only with a break of several weeks between them..talk about an entirely unnatural assault on the immune system. Neither my kids got vaxed after 3-4 years..and my pets never do. BTW came here because I am giving my small pom D3 and cod liver oil for a skin condition called alopecia x or black skin. Just started so cannot say yet if it is effective. yahoo has 2 groups on vaccine free.check them out.

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3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on July 01, 2011
at 07:06 PM

I was all set to give a glib, "let your dog out in the daylight" answer, and went to Dr. Google to back it up, and found...the same loads of conflicting information you found. Dogs make it their fur. No, they make it in their skin. No they don't, they need it in their diets. You need to supplement. You'd better not supplement.

Oy. No wonder you're asking.

The best dissection of the conflicting data I've found so far is here. But my original glib answer still stands, I guess. My dog spends a fair amount of time outside, including a long afternoon walk every day, and he's been a raw meat'n'bones dog since he was a pup, no supplements. At nearly four years old, we've never had to take him to the vet for anything other than required shots. I might be biased, but I think he's the healthiest and best looking dog in Eugene. ;D

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(4878)

on July 01, 2011
at 08:58 PM

Isn't it weird how you can now spot a raw fed dog in the crowd?

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on September 28, 2011
at 12:31 PM

Rose, you'll soon have some competition then, because I'm heading out that way soon with my pup. ;) Do you make your own raw food, or do you but it?

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on September 29, 2011
at 08:21 PM

They're called Bright Oak Meats, in Springfield (on 7th, I believe...). And for eating out, they're not necessarily "Paleo" (I know they use vegetable oils, for example), but verrry carnivore friendly: Belly on 5th in Eugene, and Papa's Soul Food on Blair, also in Eugene. Great eats!

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on September 28, 2011
at 01:32 PM

WK, I buy it at a local butcher's, where they grind up whole chickens (*sans* feathers and feet), and bag it up for a dollar a pound. And for the same price, they sell ground lamb/beef organ, too. I like it for convenience, and also because no matter what the BARF diet folks say, I can't give my dog chicken bones whole. Those things are like knitting needles; this way he gets the bones ground up in the meat already. (Plus big beef knuckles once or twice a week.)

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on September 29, 2011
at 07:45 PM

You'll have to tell me which butcher you use. Heck, any paleo/primal info re: Eugene would be awesome!

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on July 02, 2011
at 02:34 AM

I just got a young dog from the shelter de-wormed him and he passed em. Also gave him a 7 n 1 shot.The next day I noticed his feet don't seem right as if he's almost walking on his front ankles. Kinda like a walrus.His ankle joints look swollen, the feet enlonged.So I gave him an injection of vitamin D.I used the CVS brand that are liquid capsules.I fed him a nice big can of sweet potatoes too because of the high Vitamin A content.Then I bought a big fat syringe of Oralx-B which is actually for horses.It's loaded with vitamins and minerals.He's feeling 100% better than he did 2 days ago when I bought him.

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on July 01, 2011
at 09:39 PM

Holistic vets will Rx it for auto immune issues and cancer. I don't know if a healthy dog would require it but I don't think a low dose would hurt them either.

Now fish oil is a must for all dogs, healthy and otherwise.

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226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on July 01, 2011
at 07:12 PM

I don't know about supplementation but my BTF (Boston Terrier Forever) seems more chipper when he has prolonged exposure to the sun. I also have been feeding him one can of sardines per day. Between those two sources of vitamin D, I don't see why supplementation would be necessary. As long as he's happy, so am I!

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